5 Myths about Log Homes


There are many myths and misconceptions floating around out there about log home building and living. We would like to try to dispel a few of the most common things people are concerned with when deciding if log home living is for them. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has been selling Oak log cabin kits for over 10 years and has built their fair share of Oak log homes. Over the years we have heard many myths about log home construction and maintenance, and now we would like share some information we have found to be true about a few of these myths.

1.Log homes are not energy efficient.

We have heard this myth many many times. The fact is, Oak log homes are very energy efficient. Oak by its nature is a dense wood and is excellent at storing heat. Once an oak log is warmed it will continue to stay warm. The reverse is true in the summer, when an Oak log is cooled it will stay cool. A well built Oak log home can retain heat as well or better than a stick framed home. A heating and cooling system in a log home can be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than the same system in a similar traditional wood frame home. Double or triple paned windows will add to the efficiency. It is because of this fact log homes are still being built in some of the coldest regions.

2. Log homes are high maintenance.

The fact is once the Oak log home is built it is relatively low maintenance, provided care is taken during the building process. After the logs are placed a chinking material is placed between the logs and a wood preservative, sealer is applied. That’s it! No drywall, plaster, mud, painting. Depending on the manufactures recommendations most log preservatives need to be reapplied every 5-10 years which is comparable to painting stick homes. Finding a crack in the wall may seem like a major ordeal to a log home, but the truth is, it’s perfectly natural for wood to crack. These cracks pose no structural problems and might just need to be sealed with chinking and a wood preservative.

3. Log homes take longer to build than a stick home

When building an Oak log home the walls go up quickly. Once finished with the log wall you have the interior wall, exterior wall, structural component and insulation of the home complete. Once the Log walls are all up the exterior of the house is complete except for the chink and wood sealant. A framed home has many more steps, framing, plywood, moisture barrier, insulation, siding, drywall, plaster, sanding, plaster, sanding and painting…

4. Log homes are not fire resistant

The truth is Oak is extremely fire resistant. The natural insulation properties of solid log walls is one aspect to be considered. A solid log wall is very resistant to fire due to its mass. Solid log walls are extremely slow to spread fire as compared to traditional frame walls. When a fire enters a frame wall a chimney is formed in the air pockets causing rapid spread of the fire. Since there are no air pockets or cavities in log walls fire is slow to spread.

5. It’s difficult to find a log home builder

This is not true at all. Many builders specialize in log home construction or have log home experience. When a log home builder is not available, conventional builders can learn from construction manuals provided by log home companies. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works provides a detailed construction manual with each of our Oak log cabin kits.

Though we know there are many more myths out there, we hope we have helped answer a few of the common concerns most people think of when they consider log home living. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works will be happy to answer any other questions or concerns you may have when debating whether or not living in a log home is right for you and your family.

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Mountain View – Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works


Not to worry if your logs turn gray


At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works, we know all about gray wood and how to handle it. Any wood left exposed to the elements weathers to a silvery gray, and every species of wood does this. Weathered wood Ikeeps this gray coloring until it is cut, sanded or planed to remove the outer layer. This is a natural occurrence and depending on the environment, lumber can gray rather quickly. The weathering of wood which causes the graying is a combination of chemical, mechanical, biological and UV-induced changes. As the wind blows over the wood, dust, pollen, and dirt embed in the colored cells of the wood. Exposure to the sun’s ultra violet rays also greatly affects this process. The graying process can take a few weeks to years depending on the amount of exposure.0503161029b_hdr_resized

Graying of oak logs and lumber in no way means these products are old or not useable.  The gray of the log is limited to the surface of the log and a quick plaining will bring the bright fresh grain back. Many people like the natural gray look as well. Whichever look you prefer it is important the wood be treated with a sealer and preservative. A good wood finish helps maintain the woods natural physical properties, durability and strength. If the fresh bright look of the wood is preferred, it is important that very soon after the log is planed it is protected by a wood sealer. It is best to use a protectant with a UV blocker to prevent graying over time from sun exposure.

Oak logs can be stored for several months to several years before being used. As long as the log is stored properly off the ground and preferably with banding. Another point to consider is that since the sun is drying the wood, you can expect to see tiny surface cracks (called checks). This doesn’t always happen, but in sunlight, these tiny surface cracks are pretty inevitable. It is not a defect in the wood, it is a fact of life as the wood dries.img_20160902_113856936_hdr

The logs we sell at Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works are rough sawn logs, so after the log walls are built on the cabin the entire log cabin will be planed with an electric planer. This will bring the natural colors and grain back out in the wood. It is recommended by Schutt Log Homes the wood gets treated as soon as possible after it is planed to block moisture and sunlight to prevent the logs from graying again. Today’s products are safe for the environment, homeowner and person applying the product. There are several products we recommend at Schutt Log Homes, please feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to discuss them with you. We do not recommend the use of varnishes, lacquers or other clear film-forming finishes because they allow UV degradation, can crack and peel, and are difficult to remove.img_20160902_114348367


Well Stacked logs are the key to log cabin building success.


At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we use either 6” x 7 ½” Oak logs or 4” x 7 1/2” Oak logs. Our logs are rectangular and come in lengths from 8’ to 20’

Stacking the logs for your log home can be an adventure. Each course of logs stacked adds to the excitement of living the log home dream. As the log walls get taller the home begins to show character and evolve into what the finished home will look like.  With great patience and an eye for detail the end result will be a beautiful log home with beautiful straight walls.


Each step that is taken when stacking logs is an important part of the whole log home building process.

Before the logs are stacked each log gets chamfered on each edge. This is the process of shaving the cornered edge off and making in an angled edge. This gives space for backer rod installation and chinking to be applied which will seal any spaces and increase insulation.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Step one is to get the first course of logs for the interior and exterior walls laid out correctly. Be sure door openings are marked and logs do not cover the openings. Opening should be the correct size to accommodate the width of the door frame and door.  It is also very important to be sure the first course of logs are level. An electric planner can help with this.


The first course of logs are attached to the foundation with J bolts which are run through the sill plate.

 After the first course logs are attached to the log below using Timberloc screws. The screws are placed approx. every 3 feet. You must predrill the holes for the Timberloc screws using a counter sink drill bit. It is important the head of the screw sits below the top edge of the log. If the screw sits above the top of the log it will prevent the next log from sitting level and will be an obstacle to planning.  These screws are extremely strong and will keep the wall stable during the building process.


A helpful tip is to build temporary corner bracing out of 2×4 or 2×6 lumber on the inside corners where the log wall will be placed. These braces will be firmly attached to the floor to ensure they are stable and will not move. The logs can then be stacked against these braces to give a guide helping to keep the corners square and straight.


Typically when we run the second course of logs is when we determine where the electrical outlets, switches and lights will be. Outlets are cut in using a paddle bit and chisel. At this point the electrical wire is run through a channel cut into the top center of the log to the wall outlets. Wiring will also be run behind the door frames to switches.

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As the logs are placed it is important each log is checked with a level to ensure it is sitting straight. As the wall gets taller is will be necessary to use a long level vertically to be sure the wall isn’t walking in or out as it goes up.

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The top and bottom of each log gets planned to make it flat. This helps in leveling the log and keeping the log from shifting. Shims are used to support the log if there is a warp or bow in it. These areas are fine and to be expected.

Log by log course by course the walls go up. As the building process continues the log stacks become a log home. By following a few simple tips you will be building a home that will stand the test of time and be as strong and beautiful in generations as it is the day you finish it.



Schutt Log Homes has joined the Tiny House movement

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

The Tiny House or Small House Movement is a social movement that is gaining momentum across the country. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has been interested in this trend for several years. Recently we have become involved with The Tiny House Collective in Kansas City, MO. Our goal in joining with them is to raise awareness and provide materials and support for a tiny house community in Kansas City.

Where the average American home is 2600 square feet, tiny houses are generally under 500 square feet and small houses are under 1000 square feet. These little houses can be built on a foundation or on a trailer. Tiny houses built on a trailer are a maximum of 8’ x 20’which gives up to 120 square feet of living space. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. The main issue with building a tiny or small house on a permanent foundation is city and county zoning requirements. Opting for building on a trailer makes the tiny house portable and possible to build without zoning or permit regulations. It is necessary to be sure to contact all permitting entities before starting the construction of a tiny or small house.

The Tiny and Small House Movement is attractive to many people for a variety of different reasons. Such as:

Some people are attracted to the simple life a tiny home offers, with low maintenance, little room for clutter and overall less time spent on upkeep , a tiny house gives back extra time.

Some people are attracted to tiny houses for environmental reasons. The small size has a small carbon footprint creating much less of an impact on our environment and uses far fewer resources to build, heat and cool. Tiny living can be green living at its best.

The financial considerations of tiny living are huge. The small size of the home make it much less costly to build, heat, cool, maintain, and not to mention the taxes can be far less for a tiny house. Creative and crafty people enjoy finding ways to get the most out of the small spaces by designing loft spaces, built in storage and multi-use furniture. Creativity is a must in a tiny house.

Without a doubt the Tiny House and Small House Movements are getting a lot of attention from communities across the country. These homes are a great option for empty nesters, students getting on their feet financially, vacation homes, guest homes, or people just looking for a simple way of life. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is proud to be a part of the future of tiny homes and is working on several new plans for tiny and small houses.  We love working with our customers designing homes and we can’t wait to see what plans and ideas our tiny and small house customers will come up with.

400 square feet Tiny House

400 square feet Tiny House

400 sf Oak Log Cabin Kit is Perfect Tiny House

Hunting Cabin

Hunting Cabin

Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works sells this 400 sf Oak log cabin kit which makes the perfect tiny house. This little Log cabin is designed to be a do it yourself project. It can be built on any small lot or is a great tiny get away home in the woods. This little cabin has a small foot print of 16 ‘x ’25 so it doesn’t disturb the environment around it.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

This cabin kit is crafted from Oak logs which are used for the exterior walls and for the interior walls (no need for sheet rock!) These Oak logs are energy efficient, at either 4″ or 6″ thickness they will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This tiny log cabin kit comes with hardwood flooring, hardwood ship lap for the ceilings, a cozy loft and a covered porch.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes sells each of these little kit cabins with a detailed building manual to make it possible for the person with even limited carpentry skills to build one.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Patrick Schutt Owner of Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is available to answer questions. He can talk most people through any building situation that may arise. With 20+ years of log cabin building experience there is very little he hasn’t come across. Patrick’s love for carpentry and his product shines through when he talks about his product. With the current trend in downsizing, Schutt log homes believes you can go tiny but still have a home that is comfortable and spacious.


These small Oak log cabin kits also make a great off the grid alternative. They are simple to build, easy to heat, easy to maintain and can be modified to suit any need or want.

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit




These Oak log cabin kits make it possible for almost anyone to own a log cabin. And who wouldn’t want to live in one of these charming homes. Just imagine a cozy fire in the wood stove, curled up with a good book. Or sitting in your rocking chair on the shaded front porch, feeling a cool summer breeze and listening to the birds.

These small cabins can also be purchased in a 560 sf, 2 bedroom, or a 700 sf, 3 bedroom, if you need a little more room for family.


Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Schutt Log Homes Hunting Cabin Kit

Each tiny log cabin can be made to be your own little piece of heaven.



7 usefull tips for chinking your log home- from Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

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An example of contrast in chinking

When properly applied chinking will dramatically improve the energy efficiency  of the log home. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works has chinked many Oak log cabins over the years and we would love to share a few of the things we have learned about chinking.

  1. Today’s chinking material is elastometric (very flexible) which can stretch and contract with the logs as they move seasonally. Chinking is needed to stop air, moisture and insects from getting into the log home. Chinking also increases the insulation of the home substantially.
  2. It is necessary to use a backer rod behind the chinking. This fills the air space between the logs, which improves insulation increasing the r value of the log. The baker rod also creates a non-adhesive surface for the chinking. This allows the chinking to shift with the logs. Backer rod also helps reduce the amount of chinking used by filling the space between the logs.
  3. Chinking can also be a design element in the home. Today’s chink comes in a variety of colors which makes it possible to add contrast and style to the log home.
  4. There are several methods of applying chinking to the log home. Manufactures make a variety of caulk type guns which can be used to apply the chinking. At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we use the old fashioned low tech method of a putty knife and a small container of chink. We tape above and below the chink void in the wall, then fill the void with chink using the putty knife.  It is important to go back over the area with a wet brush to smooth the chink. This method may not be the fastest or easiest way but we like the results and feel extra effort is worth it. 
  5. Chinking is a water based polymer that can freeze before it fully dries. Some chinking materials are not affected by freezing, the curing process will continue when the chink thaws. Check with the manufacturer.
  6. Your chinking and log finish are important aspects of your log home. Be sure you’re your log treatment and your chinking material are compatible. This just takes a quick phone call to the manufacturer to verify and can save tons of time and money in the long run.
  7. Although it is unlikely properly applied chinking will split or pull away from the log it does happen in some cases. This does not mean the chinking is defective. If the chinking tears in the center just clean the affected area and reapply new chinking to the affected area. If the chinking pulls away from the log it will need to be replaced. This is not a difficult process. Cut the loose sections away, make sure the backer rod is still intact (replace if needed), clean the area and reapply the chinking.
  8. This is a chinking coverage estimator. This will help when figuring how much chinking you will need for your project.


Chinking is an important aspect of log home building and living. A good understanding of the purpose and process of chinking your log home will go a long way in achieving the look and feel you desire for your log home. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we hope your log cabin dreams become a reality. We are here to help in any way possible.


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Taped and ready to go


Must have tools for building your Oak log cabin kit

At Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works we have had years of experience building Oak log cabins and Oak log homes. In our experience we have found some tools that are a must have when building a log home kit. There is a lot of hype about some of the latest tools and gadgets but we have found for the most part a few old stand-by’s will get the job done efficiently and correctly.

Below is a list of the tools we recommend. Of course everyone has their favorite brand or go to tool. These are the tools, in our experiences, we found to work the best for us.

Chainsaw- We prefer Stihl, but any good brand with a sharp chain will do.

A chainsaw will be one of the most valued tools you will use when building your log home. This tool is portable and versatile. We use a chainsaw to cut the logs to length, to true up wall ends, to trim, notch, wedge, cut out and any variety of cutting to be done on the logs, rafters, joists, you name it. A chainsaw works much more efficiently than a circular saw for cutting the big stuff

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A chainsaw is a must have!


1/2″ Heavy duty electric drill- We like Makita or Dewalt, they seem to hold up.

A good 1/2″ electric drill is priceless. The drill is used to predrill holes for the TimberLOK screws and to drive the screws in. The drill with a paddle bit is used to counter sink the TimberLOK screws to make all the surfaces flush. This allows the logs to lay level and allows a smooth surface for the planer.

Electric Hand Planer- Makita or Dewalt. same deal, they seem to hold up.

This tool will get used a lot! As the courses of logs are placed the logs are planed to make a level spot to place the next log. When all the logs are in place the face of the logs will be planed to make a clean, smooth surface to apply the chinking and log preservative. The rafters are planed to make a flat, level surface for the roofing material. This tool is a must have.Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

Sledge-Hammer- Any good heavy brand will do.

For those delicate adjustments. Haha. A good sledge-hammer will save your back when it comes to moving the logs just a few inches this way or that way. It’s a great work horse.

Tape Measure- Any good brand. Buy several they always disappear.

A good long tape measure is a must. It will get worn out! Measure twice, cut once. Need I say more?

Level, Square, C-clamp- These are pretty basic tools for every carpenters tool box.

We recommend having a couple different sizes of each of these items. Depending on the application a long level will work better a small square will be better. Having several c-clamps on hand is always a good thing to hold the logs or lumber in place until it can be affixed permanently.

These are the basics. Of course there will always be a few other tools needed along the way as the log cabin gets into the finish carpentry stages. Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works will be happy to assist you with any building questions. Our log home experts have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your Oak log cabin building process.